8th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Award

Nominations are open for the 8th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award

Download all Nomination forms:

Nominee Information Form 2015  

Nomination Form 2015   

Nomination Cover letter 2015

 

Winners of the 7th Annual Letterman Award Dinner.

The 7th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Award for Medical Excellence took place on October 23, 2014 at the Bethesda North Marriott.  COL Peter J. Weina was awarded the individual Letterman Award after being nominated for three years in a row.  The United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR) was named the organizational Letterman Award.

 In keeping with the innovative style of Maj Jonathan Letterman, all of this year’s nominees work to advance medical care and conditions for our fighting troops, wounded warriors and civilian population.  Few outside the military know of the existence of these nominees whose work is advancing medicine in ways previously only imagined in Science Fiction. 

 

Individual Nominees:

Dr. Stephen F. Badylak, DVM, PhD, MD

Dr. Gary R. Gilbert, COL USA (ret) PhD, MSC

John W. Lowe, President/CEO, Henry Jackson Foundation 

COL Peter J. Weina, PhD, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Dr. Jason M. Wilken, PhD, MPT

 

Organizational Nominees:

Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM)

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MIRM)

Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune Warrior Rehabilitation Team

United States Army Institute of Surgical Research (USAISR)

 

 Keynoting the evening was RADM Raquel C. Bono.  RADM Bono currently serves as Director, National Capital Region Medical Directorate of the Defense Health Agency, and as the 11th Chief, Navy Medical Corps.

 

 

 

Nominations for the 2015 Letterman Award are now being accepted, below are the criteria for the award.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is seeking your nominations for the Seventh Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Award for Medical Excellence.  The award honors an individual and/or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes, continuing the legacy of Dr. Letterman. 

Potential nominees for the 2015 award could include:

  • individuals, 
  • military units or entities,
  • companies,
  • organizations or
  • project groups

Nominees are to be leading innovative efforts in civilian emergency care,  combat casualty care, prosthetic technology, improving outcomes for patients with catastrophic injuries, or leveraging today’s cutting edge medical technology to develop new ways to assist Armed Forces members or civilians who have suffered severe disfiguring wounds.  These are just a few examples of worthy reasons for nominating. If you have any questions regarding nominations, please contact us.

Please submit nominations along with any supporting material no later than May 31, 2015. 

Nominations and support material should be sent to:

April Dietrich, Director
Letterman Institute
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
PO Box 470
Frederick, MD 21705
Letterman@civilwarmed.org

Please use the submission guidelines to ensure that the nomination is complete.

The Award will be presented at a gala dinner to be held in October of 2015.  Pre-registration and tickets are required for this event, so save the date.

 

Who is Jonathan Letterman?

 

The Letterman Award

The Letterman Award Poster - Civil War Museum, Antietam battlefield

The Jonathan Letterman Award was established to celebrate Major Jonathan Letterman’s work as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. On July 4, 1862, he assumed leadership of the Medical Department under GEN George McClellan and quickly realized that the department needed a complete overhaul. During the battles of South Mountain and Antietam, Letterman fine-tuned what is now known as the Letterman Plan. This plan not only saved the lives of countless Civil War soldiers; his plan continues to save lives on today’s battlefields, Afghanistan, and wherever emergency medical help is needed.

Letterman’s contribution to Military Medicine, then as now, was the infrastructure he created. The Letterman Plan led to battlefield aid stations and triage, a more systemic use of surgeons and supplies, and allowed the Medical Department of the Army of the Potomac to work more effectively and for the first time – as a team. Letterman, known as the “Father of Battlefield Medicine,” had the ability to evaluate and update medical care of the time. His innovations and his focus on the mission to protect and sustain the Army of the Potomac carries on into today’s world of emergency care.

In honor of his visionary work, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine established the annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award to recognize an individual or entity that has made an outstanding contribution to improving medical processes and patient outcomes.

 

 

Living Letterman – Past Award Winners

2013

 6th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Award Winners

 Civil War Museum, Clara Barton Museum, Civil War Beer, Jonathan Letterman2013 Individual Recipient

Dr. Kenneth Kizer MD, MPH in recognition of a life’s work in medicine and organizational transformation. Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis Health System.

Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer is an internationally recognized health care thought leader, change agent, and quality improvement advocate. A distinguished professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and founding director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement, he currently leads a number of initiatives that are improving health and health care in California and the nation.

An orphan of a World War II veteran, Dr. Kizer overcame a severely disadvantaged childhood to become a highly accomplished physician and health care leader, achieving the extremely rare distinction of being elected to both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Public Administration. A former Naval officer and diving medicine expert, Dr. Kizer has been particularly passionate about improving health care for veterans and military personnel. His transformation of the Veterans Healthcare System in the 1990s is widely viewed as the largest and most successful health care turnaround in U.S. history.

2013 Organizational Recipient

Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

Civil War Museum, Clara Barton Museum, Civil War Beer, Jonathan LettermanThe U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s, Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is an organization which for the past seventeen years brought to fruition medical technology capabilities which have transformed the delivery of health care.

 TATRC has a rich history in developing, integrating, and inserting technology solutions which support and enhance patient care for our operational forces. TATRC serves as the champion, the architect, and the driving force for telehealth programs across the Army. These initiatives have led to improved access to care and have enhanced the scope of medical services for all service members.

 Through an extensive network of partners, TATRC is focused at both ends of the research spectrum, exploring models of high risk and innovative research, and putting research findings into the hands of warfighters while looking toward wider civilian utility.

 This was the second consecutive year this organization was nominated.  

2013 Letterman Awards Program Booklet in PDF

Civil War Museum, Clara Barton Museum, Civil War Beer, Jonathan Letterman2013 Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Ben Jones:  

actor, author, former congressman, political pundit, southerner

2012

5th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine congratulates the winners of the 5th Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award. COL Craig D. Shriver won the individual award and COL Dallas Hack accepted the organizational award on behalf of The Department of Defense Combat Casualty Care Research Program.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located in Frederick, Maryland, established the Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award to recognize an organization and an individual that contributes to the advancement of medical processes and improved patient outcomes and quality of life. This year’s event was held at Bethesda North Marriott on October 24, 2012. The keynote speaker was best-selling New York Times author Lee Woodruff. Mrs. Woodruff shared her personal story about the treatment and recovery of her husband ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff from a head wound he suffered while embedded with troops in Iraq. It was a rare opportunity for leaders in military medicine to hear how their hard work and advancements affect families and survivors. This year’s winners are detailed below.

Civil War Museum, Antietam battlefield

COL Dallas Hack accepts the organizational award on behalf of The Department of Defense Combat Casualty Care Research Program

The Combat Casualty Care Research Program was formed to reduce the mortality and morbidity resulting from injuries on the battlefield, with the following goals: 1. To reduce the mortality rate of American troops by 16 percent 2. To reduce the morbidity of combat injuries 3. To reduce the medical footprint on the battlefield.

The need for advancements in battlefield treatment became apparent to the military with the numbers of casualties in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. As combat operations accelerated, it was found that medi­cal treatment had not advanced significantly since previous wars and gaps in medical treatment were discovered in large numbers as medical personnel gained in experience and compiled statistics of battlefield situations. The Joint Theater Trauma Registry was formed to gain a clearer picture of the gaps in medical research and the frequency of their occurrence. As of this date, the CCCRP has approximately 1,000 combat casualty care research projects from basic research through clinical trials.

Colonel Craig D. Shriver serves as the Interim Director, Cancer Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center/Joint Task Force (WRNMMC/JTF); Chief, General Surgery Service, WRNMMC/JTF; Program Director, NCC General Surgery; Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU); and Director and Principal Investigator, Clinical Breast Care Project, WRNMMC/JTF.

Civil War Museum, Antietam battlefield

COL Craig D. Shriver won the individual award

Known for his wartime vision and practices, COL Shriver devised an innovative method of closing severe abdominal wounds that even­tually enabled more than 85% of patients to leave the hospital with closed abdomens. Many of these patients returned to duty and deployed again. The technique is applicable to all patients with open abdo­mens and translates to civilian practice as well. In an unprecedented surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the University of Miami collaborated and COL Shriver performed the first pancreas islet cell transplant.

COL Shriver also developed a system of support for returning wounded warriors. His overarching goal was to tap the lead­ership and wisdom of trauma surgeons to create a unique, modern platform for the comprehensive care of injured patients. His hybrid care-giving model employs staff surgeons, midlevel care providers, and residents who provide optimal treatment to soldiers and their families and bolster knowledge of the resident education community. The endeavor is a model for modern wartime stateside care.

The Letterman Award was established to celebrate Major Letterman’s visionary work as Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. He created what is now known as the Letterman Plan, which saved the lives of countless Civil War soldiers; and continues to save lives on today’s battlefields in Iraq, Afghanistan, and wherever emergency medical help is needed. Letterman’s contribution was not that of the stereotypical surgeon with sleeves rolled up, tending to individuals wounded on the battlefield; rather he created an infrastructure which allowed all of the surgeons of the Army of the Potomac to work more effectively and, for the first time, as a team. His two-fold mission allowed surgeons to provide quality critical care to those most in need which resulted in more lives saved and a “triage” mentality that provided those not mortally wounded with the ability to get back to active duty or active life sooner and healthier. Letterman’s ability to evaluate and update the medical care of the time and empower others on his medical teams to focus on the mission to protect and sustain the Army of the Potomac allowed him to create a plan that has become the foundation of not only battlefield medicine but also civilian emergency medical care today.

2011

4th Annual Awards Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant General Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD

2011 Individual: COL Alexander Stojadinovic accepting the Combat Wound Initiative

2011 Organization or Program:  The Military Amputee Research Program

2010

3rd Annual Awards Dinner

Keynote Speaker:  MG Russell J. Czerw, U.S. Army, Retired

2010 Individual Recipient:  COL Robert H. Vandre, In recognition of his leadership in the creation of Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM)

COL Vandre recognized the significant potential that the emerging field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine could have in improving the lives and livelihoods of our wounded warriors returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These warriors, who after modern medicine had done as much as it could for them, remain severely disabled from the traumatic injuries cause by blast and burns. COL Vandre acted on his vision and successfully led the creation of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM).

2010 Organizational Recipient:  The Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) Program

Established at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC), Fort Detrick, MD, the Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat (JTAPIC) program is a partnership among Department of Defense intelligence, operational, medical and materiel development communities that collects, integrates and analyzes injury and operational data with the goal of improving our understanding of our vulnerabilities to threats and enabling the development of improved tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) and materiel solutions to prevent or mitigate traumatic injuries.

2009

2nd Annual Awards Dinner

Keynote Speaker: GEN Gordon Sullivan, (U.S. Army Retired) President, Association of the U.S. Army & Former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

2009 Recipient:  Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4)

The U.S. Army’s Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) integrates fields and supports a comprehensive medical information system, enabling lifelong electronic medical records, streamlined medical logistics and enhanced situational awareness for Army tactical forces.  This group is moving the Letterman plan forward using the best of our modern technology to better inform caregivers who will then be empowered to provide more effective and efficient care to our war fighters on the battlefield and here at home.

2008

1st Annual Awards Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, U.S. Army, Retired Army Surgeon General (1996 – 2000)

2008 Recipient:  The City of Frederick, Maryland

In 1861 the City of Frederick was chosen as a hospital center for the Union Army with the establishment of General Hospital Number One, a hospital that would serve over 30,000 patients during the course of the Civil War. The following year Frederick was also designated as the central evacuation point for casualties from the bloody battles of South Mountain and Antietam. Dr. Letterman’s historical, innovative work 145 years ago continues to save lives on the battlefields of today. With the establishment of Fort Detrick in 1943 as the Army’s Medical Research Center, Frederick continued to support the advancement of medical diagnostics, preventives and treatments. Today, the City of Frederick has emerged as a biotechnology center of worldwide renown and influence, and actively remains at the core of that work.


Photos from Past Letterman Dinners

2012

Photos from 2012′s Letterman Dinner